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in a way that the provisions that we arrive at through talks, will give the united states the satisfaction of what it seeks and will also provide the afghan people the benefit that they are seeking through this partnership and the subsequent agreement. that's not for us to decide. it's an issue for the united states. numbers are not going to make a difference to the situation in afghanistan. it's the broader relationship that will make a difference to afghanistan and beyond in the region. the specifics of numbers are issues that the military will decide and afghanistan will have no particular concern. when we're talking of numbers and how they are calculated.
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afghan interests. >>. >> translator: the government of afghanistan i would like to ask the question in my own language. mr. president, combative mission united states after 2014, how this mission will be, how will it be resembling, resembling the same mission as it was during 11 years? or is there a difference? different kind of mission. those who are in pakistan, particularly the safe havens that are in pakistan, what kind of policy will you have. thank you. >> the mission will be fundamentally different.
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just to repeat. our main reason, should we have troops in afghanistan post 2014 at the invitation of the afghan government will be to make sure that we are training, assisting and afghan security forces who have now taken the lead for and are responsible for security throughout afghanistan. and of interest to the united states, the very reason we went to afghanistan in the first place to make sure that al qaeda and its affiliates cannot launch an attack against the united states or other countries from afghan soil. we believe that we can achieve that mission in a way that's very different from the very active presence that we've had in afghanistan over the last 11 years. president karzai has emphasized
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the strains that u.s. troop presences in afghan villages for example have created. well, that's not going to be a strain that exists if there is a follow-up operation, because that will not be our responsibility, that will be a responsibility of the afghan national security forces, to maintain peace and order and stability in afghan villages. in afghan territory. so i think you know, although obviously we're still two years away, i can say with assurance that this is a very different mission. and a very different task and a very different footsprint for the u.s. if we are able to come to an appropriate agreement. and with respect to pakistan and safe havens there, afghanistan
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and pakistan and the united states all have an interest in reducing the threat of extremism, some of these border region against afghanistan and pakistan. that's going to require more than simply military actions. that's really going to require political and diplomatic work between afghanistan and pakistan. and the united states obviously will have an interest in the facilitating and participation in cooperation between the two sovereign countries. but as president karzai i think has indicated, it's very hard to imagine a, a stability and peace in the region. if pakistan and afghanistan don't come to some basic agreement and understanding about the threat of extremism to both countries and both governments and both capitals. i think you're starting to see a greater awareness of that on the
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part of the pakistani government. [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: the question that you have made about, about we talked about this issue of in detail today, about the prisoners, about the detention centers. all of these will transfer to the afghan sovereignty. in the u.s. forces will pull out from villages. go to the bases. and and afghan sovereignty will be restored. and after 2014. we will working on it, on these relations. this relation will have a
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different nature. and will have different principles. it will resemble probably, tokyo or germany, we are studying these relationships and we will do that. >> steven collison? >> thank you, mr. president, do you contemplate the end of this war, can you say as commander-in-chief, that the huge human and financial costs this has entailed can be justified, given the fact that the afghanistan that the world will leave behind is somewhat diminished from the visions of reconstruction and democracy that kind of prevalent at the beginning of the war? >> and president karzai, many independent studies have criticized afghanistan for corruption and poor governance, do you stand by your assertion last month that much of this is due to the influence of foreigners?
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and are you completely committed to stepping down as president of the elections next year? >> i want us to remember why we went to afghanistan. we went into afghanistan because 3,000 americans were viciously murdered. by a terrorist organization that was operating openly and at the invitation of those who were then ruling afghanistan. it was absolutely the right thing to do for us to go after that organization. to go after the host government that had aided and abetted or at least allowed for these attacks to take place. and because of the heroic work of our men and women in uniform, and because of the cooperation and sacrifices of afghans who
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had also been brutalized by that then-host government, we achieved our central goal. which is or have come very close to achieving our central goal, which is to decompass tate al qaeda. to dismantle them. to make sure that they can't attack us again. and everything that we've done over the last ten years, from the prospective of the u.s. national security interests, have been focused on that aim. and at the end of this conflict, we are going to be able to say that the sacrifices that were made by those men and women in uniform has brought about the goal that we sought. now what we also recognized very early on was that it was in our
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national security interests to have a stable sovereign afghanistan that was responsible international actor that was in partnership with us, and that that required afghanistan to have its own security capacity. and to be on a path that was more likely to achieve prosperity and peace for its own people. and i think president karzai would be the first to acknowledge that afghanistan still has work to do to accomplish those goals. but there's no doubt that the possibility of peace and prosperity in afghanistan today is higher than before we went in. and that is also in part because of the sacrifices that the american people have made during this long conflict. so you know, i think that have
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we achieved everything that some might have imagined us achieving? in the best of scenarios? probably not. you know, there's a human enterprise, and we'll fall short of the ideal. did we achieve our central goal? and have we been able, i think to shape a strong relationship with a responsible afghan government that is willing to cooperate with us to make sure that it is not a launching pad for future attacks against the united states? we have achieved that goal. we're in the process achieving that goal. and for that, i think we have to bank our extraordinary military intelligence and diplomatic teams as well as the cooperation of the afghan government and the afghan people. >> sir, on the question of
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corruption, whether it has a foreign element to it. if i have a question in the studio. there is corruption in afghanistan. there's corruption in the afghan government. that we are fighting against. employing various means and methods, we have succeeded in certain ways. but, if your question is whether we are satisfied, of course not. and on the corruption that is foreign in origin, but occurring in afghanistan, i have been very clear, and explicit, and i don't think that afghanistan can see
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this corruption and there is cooperation between us and our international partners on correcting some of the methods or applications of delivery of assistance to afghanistan. without cooperation and without recognition. of the problems. on elections, for me, the greatest of my achievements eventually seen by the afghan people will be a proper well organized interference-free election in which the afghan people can elect their next president. and certainly i would be a retired president, and very happily a retired president. >> last question.
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my question is to mr., to you, mr. president. afghan women fear that they would be the real victim of the reconstruction process in afghanistan. what assurance can you give them that they will not suffer because of that process? >> well, the united states has been very clear, that any peace process, any reconciliation process, must be afghan-led. it is not for the united states to determine what the terms of the peace will be. but what we have been very clear about is that, from our perspective, it is not possible to reconcile without the taliban
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renouncing terrorism, without without them recognizing the afghan constitution. and recognizing that if there are changes that they want to make, to how the afghan government operates, then there is an orderly constitutional process to do that. you can't resort to violence? the afghan constitution protect. the rights of the afghan women. and the united states strongly believes that afghanistan cannot succeed unless it gives opportunities to its women. we believe that about every country in the world. and so you know, we will continue to voice very strongly, support for the afghan constitution, protection of
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minorities, protection of women. we think that a failure to provide that protection, not only will make reconciliation impossible to achieve, but also, would make afghanistan's long-term development impossible to achieve. the single best indicator or one of the best indicators of a country's prosperity around the world is how does it treat its women. does educate that half of the population? does it give them opportunities? when it does, you unleash the power of everyone, not just some of the people. and i think there was great wisdom in afghanistan ratifying a constitution that recognized that. that should be part of the legacy of these last ten years.
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>> thank you very much, everybody. >> president obama in the east room with afghan president, hamid karzai, as they conclude their press conference, after a long meeting, the two had their ninth summit meeting over the course of this war and the president's first term, most notable out of those comments, the president saying that this war will come in his words, to a responsible end by the end of next year. but this spring, the u.s. role will notably change, with a different mings that afghan forces will be in the lead, no longer u.s. forces. as our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski reminds me, they will still very much be in harm's way in afghanistan and the contentious question of how many troops wil be left behind by the united states after 2014 is still very much the subject of negotiations, more on all of this tonight, on nbc nightly news with brian williams and on "meet the press" on sunday, my
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guest, colin powell talking about the war and other foreign policy issues on the president's second term. until then, have a good afternoon, i'm david gregory in washington. it has been dubbed the most technologically advanced airliner in the skies, but this morning, new concerns as federal officials announce an investigation into boeing 787 dreamliner, hear how boeing is responding. that didn't stop the celebration as san jose welcomed its first dreamliner flight this morning. what the new flight means for silicon valley, you're watching nbc bay area news. good morning, and thanks for being with us, i'm lara. >>. and john kelly is off today. it has been a different start to the year for boeing 787
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dreamliner, first an electrical fire on the tarmac at boston's logan international airport. then a fuel link on another plane a day later. and overnight, cracks forming in the windshield of a 787 in flight during a flight over japan. this morning, the faa announcing it is opening an investigation into the aircraft. and how it is made. that announcement comes as silicon valley welcomes its first dreamliner to the san jose airport. >> it arrived after 9:00 a.m. and in less than an hour it will take a new flight of passengers bound for tokyo. in about 25 minutes. nbc bay area's bob riddell is live with more. >> reporter: good morning, marla and laura. there was a ceremony that just wrapped up with the mayor, with the ambassador, u.s. ambassador to japan and the airport's make
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namesake. at gate 15 to kick off the inaugural flight. all nippon airways flight 1075, the first nonstop flight between here and tokyo to leave in about 30 minutes, the five day-a-week schedule is significant for several reasons. one is the plane itself. the boeing 787 dreamliner, this is the first time the bay area will have regular service with this new state-of-the-art aircraft. when it landed here from tokyo, just around two hours ago, you could tell it was different. the wings sweep upward and the engine noise is noticeably lower than other aircraft. just watching it land. the other reason the new flight is getting so much attention is that flight 1075 reconnects silicon valley with asia. ever since 2006 when american airlines stopped flying direct to tokyo. travelers have been forced to drive up the peninsula and fly out of sfo if they wanted a direct flight to tokyo. by keeping the travelers down
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here. the silicon valley leadership group estimates that these new flights could inject $77 million a year into the south bay economy. >> happy to go back and speak to your travel agents, that they put tokyo at the top of the list when you're going to tokyo, that this is on the top of the list of flights to take. it's convenient, fly with an airline that has one of the best on time records. >> this flight is great. i'm talking a lot. that why did we cancel american in the first place. and need to get something back in. so it took a while. >> the dreamliner arriving at
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manetta san jose international airport. it's interesting, because the transportation department in the meantime has ordered a comprehensive review of the dreamliner itself. scott mcgrew joins us with more coverage. they're particularly interested in the electrical systems, we understand. >> there have been all kinds of problems, but that's where most of the problems have arisen, laura. while all the time the government is insisting this airplane we're talking about is safe. now the flight out of san jose this morning that bob was talking about, one of 150 flights that 787s, dreamliners, will make today. at a press conference, head of transportation ray lahood was joined by faa chief, michael juerta and boeing's ceo jim mcinerney. they delivered a mixed message. which was, the plane is safe, but we're going to keep an eye on problems. here's mcinerney from boeing trying to give reporters some idea of how uncommon problems
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really are. >> since entering service, we've logged more than 50,000 hours of flight and safely delivered more than a million passengers to their destinations. more than 150 dreamliner flights take place every single day. >> so if you get on one of these airplanes, remember, a million people have gone before you. washington, aviation week reports it's being considered as the eventual replacement for air force one. it's a radically redesigned plane. almost entirely composite instead of aluminium. it uses 20% less fuel than the same-sized all-metal 767. laura? >> thanks very much. for complete coverage of the dreamliner developments, as well as reaction from passengers on the new san jose flight. check out our website, now to our other big story, was it a case of mistaken identity? a teenager who just moved to the bay area this month is found shot to death outside his home.
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this morning, his family in marin county wants to know why. nbc bay area's chris smith joins us live in marin city with the story. christie, good morning. >> good morning to you, marla. family and friends understandably very upset right now. trying to process what has happened. they say that 17-year-old lavana williams had just come to marin city for a visit. he went outside last night. there was a commotion. next thing they know, he had been shot. >> i was asleep at home. and all of a sudden, i heard a couple shots. like, you know, boom, boom. and it woke me up. and so i said, oh, my goodness. >> reporter: neighbors say it's a sound they don't hear often in marin city. >> i heard just a woman just screaming and crying and screaming and yelling. >> reporter: those same neighbors ran to help. it was just after midnight. they called 911 but it was too late. one marin county sheriffs deputies arrived, a 17-year-old
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had died. his sister said he had just arrived here and had no enemies. >> basically somebody just cut the wrong thing, got it confused him, they didn't know him, he's not from out here. and they take him, he's not from out here, nobody out here knows him. >> family and friends identified him as laviel williams, he was visiting from weed, california and only arrived a week ago, four days before his birthday. >> i seen him, five minutes before this happened. he coming to check up on me, to make sure i was okay. because there was some stuff going on by my house. >> reporter: by daybreak, search and rescue teams look for evidence, neighbors say though the area is mostly quiet, the apartment had been shot at before, and the family tried to move, but couldn't. a gun buy-back was being planned for later this month. now residents are shaken, a newcomer gunned down. >> he hasn't even bet here. and i, i did see him the night before last. and you know, very polite. he was very polite to me.
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>> now the marin county sheriffs department has been out here all morning trying to interview witnesses, but so far they haven't released any suspect information to us. a couple of minutes ago, i spoke with a woman who said she was laviel's mother. very upset. she said one of the reasons he came here to visit the family, after someone shot at the home, he was hoping to help protect them. reporting live in marin city, christie smith, nbc bay area news. okay, christie. thank you. we want to turn to the forecast. weekend forecast in particular. sunshine now, but certainly a chilly start to the day this morning from san francisco all the way to san jose. christina loren joins us with a look at the weekend. >> the weekend has arrived. and that's the good news, it's going to be cold. i wish i had some good numbers for you this weekend. not looking so good. it's cold out there right now, we're going to stay cold saturday and sunday. there's not a lot you can do. on saturday and sunday, for instance, 49ers game. we'll have the forecast in just
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a minute. 45 degrees in concord. 52 in san jose, gilroy, still in the 40s. the jet stream is taking a nice dip to the south. we're going to get some showers as we head through the evening hours, highs today, not that warm at all. lower 50s and upper 40s. so a few showers as we head throughout the evening hours, most i had between 3:00 and 7:00 as we get into the weekend. 49ers are playing, 48 degrees at 7:00 p.m. it's going to be cold out there kickoff. 5:00 p.m. don't want to miss the game. let's go san francisco. as we get into the weekend, a nice cold finish. we'll warm up next week, up to 60 on thursday? >> we'll hold out for that if you like the warmth. >> thanks for joining us for our abbreviated friday forecast, news cast. have a great weekend, everybody, join us tonight, at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00. [ male announcer ] if you're ready to get more from your tv service,
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